New Genealogy Research Techniques
Dick Eastman
June 14, 2014
Today’s Slides may be found at:
http://eogn.com/handouts/research
Genealogy Research Through the Years
Genealogy Research Through the Years
Genealogy Research Through the Years
Genealogy Research Through the Years
Genealogy Research Through the Years
Genealogy Research Through the Years
Genealogy Research Through the Years
Genealogy Research Through the Years
Genealogy Research Through the Years
Genealogy Research Through the Years
Genealogy Research Through the Years
Genealogy Research Through the Years
Genealogy Research Through the Years
Genealogy Research Through the Years
Record Preservation & Improvements
Record Preservation & Improvements
Record Preservation & Improvements
Record Preservation & Improvements
 Many web sites now display digital images of
old records
 However, converting the in...
Record Preservation & Improvements
 Three genealogy web sites offer advanced
automated record searches and matching:
1. A...
Record Preservation & Improvements
 Ancestry’s Shaky Leaf
Record Preservation & Improvements
 Three genealogy web sites offer advanced
automated record searches and matching:
1. A...
What Is Mocavo?
 It is a search engine… and more.
 Unlike other search engines, Mocavo.com limits its
searches solely to...
What Is Mocavo?
Unlike other search engines, Mocavo limits its
searches to approximately one million
genealogy-related web...
Mocavo searches:
 genealogy message boards
 state and local historical societies’ web sites
 the Library of Congress
 ...
Mocavo searches:
 Social Security Administration’s Social
Security Death Index
 World Family Tree developed by the popul...
Second Page
Where can you find Mocavo?
http://www.mocavo.
com
Record Preservation & Improvements
 Three genealogy web sites offer advanced
automated record searches and matching:
1. A...
MyHeritage
MyHeritage
MyHeritage is a:
 Large collection of vital records from all over
the world
 A large collection of digitized newspapers
...
MyHeritage is available:
 In more than 40 languages (far more than any
other genealogy web site).
 In countries all over...
Build Your Own Family Tree Web site
 Upload a GEDCOM file
 Use the MyHeritage Mobile App for iPhone and
Android
 Use Fa...
Build Your Own Family Tree Web site
 You always own the data!
 You may add, delete, or modify your
contributed data at a...
Build Your Own Family Tree Web site
 Use Smart Matches, Record Matches, and
SuperSearch to compare your entries against
v...
Build Your Own Family Tree Web site
The Best Things in Life are FREE!
 MyHeritage has three levels of users:
 A FREE basic website for registered users, wit...
The Best Things in Life are FREE!
 A Data Plan to view a few databases also may
incur additional fees. These are because
...
MyHeritage contains:
 No info on living persons
 Family trees, historical photos, census records,
birth/death/marriage r...
Search for names
 1,500 databases
 Records from 75 million users
 1.2 billion profiles
 200 million images
 Search fo...
SuperSearch contains
 Super algorithms
 Super Name Matching
Smart Matches
 Once the tree is online on MyHeritage, the
their "Smart Matches" system finds potential
matches of the use...
SuperSearch looks like this:
Advanced SuperSearch looks like this:
“But Wait, There’s More!”
 The Name Dictionary is Amazing!
 For instance, let’s say you are looking for a
person named A...
“But Wait, There’s More!”
Different Records Automatically Use
Different Search Methods
 Newspaper searches are non-structured.
That is, all words a...
International Search Engine
 Can search the world or
 Can search by continents or
 Can search by country
 Or combinati...
All Records Found may be Saved
Directly to Your Family Tree
 It will be visible to you and…
 (optionally) visible to oth...
Your Data May be Saved…
 A member's tree on the MyHeritage website
can be downloaded in GEDCOM format to
import to a user...
Collections Include:
 One of the largest online collections of
newspapers
 High School yearbooks
 Other members’ family...
“But Wait, There’s More!”
 Family Tree Builder
 A full-featured genealogy program for
Windows
• A Macintosh version is u...
“But Wait, There’s More!”
“But Wait, There’s More!”
For more information:
http://MyHeritage.com
Genealogy Research Through the Years
Today’s Slides may be found at:
http://eogn.com/handouts/research
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  1. 1. New Genealogy Research Techniques Dick Eastman June 14, 2014
  2. 2. Today’s Slides may be found at: http://eogn.com/handouts/research
  3. 3. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  4. 4. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  5. 5. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  6. 6. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  7. 7. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  8. 8. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  9. 9. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  10. 10. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  11. 11. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  12. 12. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  13. 13. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  14. 14. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  15. 15. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  16. 16. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  17. 17. Record Preservation & Improvements
  18. 18. Record Preservation & Improvements
  19. 19. Record Preservation & Improvements
  20. 20. Record Preservation & Improvements  Many web sites now display digital images of old records  However, converting the information to computer-readable text is still a challenge  OCR (optical character recognition)  Manually indexing, often by off-shore transcribers or by crowd sourcing
  21. 21. Record Preservation & Improvements  Three genealogy web sites offer advanced automated record searches and matching: 1. Ancestry.com
  22. 22. Record Preservation & Improvements  Ancestry’s Shaky Leaf
  23. 23. Record Preservation & Improvements  Three genealogy web sites offer advanced automated record searches and matching: 1. Ancestry.com 1. Mocavo.com
  24. 24. What Is Mocavo?  It is a search engine… and more.  Unlike other search engines, Mocavo.com limits its searches solely to genealogy sites.  Searches on Mocavo.com are not limited to names.  You can search for towns, states, occupations, relatives, or any other text information you think might be included with an ancestor's name.  Whatever you specify, the search will be limited to pages on genealogy web sites.
  25. 25. What Is Mocavo? Unlike other search engines, Mocavo limits its searches to approximately one million genealogy-related web sites and has "extra logic" that is good at finding surnames and locations embedded in free-form text, along with a number of other enhancements.
  26. 26. Mocavo searches:  genealogy message boards  state and local historical societies’ web sites  the Library of Congress  National Archives  Ellis Island  Find A Grave  the Internet Archive  Allen County Public Library’s Internet Archive records  and…
  27. 27. Mocavo searches:  Social Security Administration’s Social Security Death Index  World Family Tree developed by the popular Geni family tree service  various U.S. state archives  tens of thousands of genealogy sites built by individuals & societies
  28. 28. Second Page
  29. 29. Where can you find Mocavo? http://www.mocavo. com
  30. 30. Record Preservation & Improvements  Three genealogy web sites offer advanced automated record searches and matching: 1. Ancestry.com 1. Mocavo.com 2. MyHeritage.com
  31. 31. MyHeritage
  32. 32. MyHeritage
  33. 33. MyHeritage is a:  Large collection of vital records from all over the world  A large collection of digitized newspapers from many different countries  Contains billions of records from all over the world  A web site to store your family tree  A place to compare your family tree against those submitted by others  A photo storage and matching web site • And much, much more
  34. 34. MyHeritage is available:  In more than 40 languages (far more than any other genealogy web site).  In countries all over the world.
  35. 35. Build Your Own Family Tree Web site  Upload a GEDCOM file  Use the MyHeritage Mobile App for iPhone and Android  Use Family Tree Builder, a free genealogy program for Windows  Enter the data on the web site, one at a time
  36. 36. Build Your Own Family Tree Web site  You always own the data!  You may add, delete, or modify your contributed data at any time.
  37. 37. Build Your Own Family Tree Web site  Use Smart Matches, Record Matches, and SuperSearch to compare your entries against vital records, census records, newspapers, entries contributed by other MyHeritage users, and more.  Searches may be performed on U.S. records as well as records from many other countries, especially from both Eastern and Western Europe.
  38. 38. Build Your Own Family Tree Web site
  39. 39. The Best Things in Life are FREE!  MyHeritage has three levels of users:  A FREE basic website for registered users, with up to 250 persons permitted in the tree  A Premium website permits 2,500 persons in the tree  A Premium Plus website permits an unlimited number of persons in the tree
  40. 40. The Best Things in Life are FREE!  A Data Plan to view a few databases also may incur additional fees. These are because MyHeritage PURCHASED these databases from other companies. Much of the content is EXCLUSIVE to MyHeritage.  You never enter a for-pay service without being warned ahead of time and being asked if you wish to proceed.
  41. 41. MyHeritage contains:  No info on living persons  Family trees, historical photos, census records, birth/death/marriage records, military records, immigration records, newspapers, yearbooks, historical maps…  Built by genealogists for genealogists
  42. 42. Search for names  1,500 databases  Records from 75 million users  1.2 billion profiles  200 million images  Search for Exact, Soundex and Megadex options  Save the search results to your MyHeritage site and click through the matches at your leisure
  43. 43. SuperSearch contains  Super algorithms  Super Name Matching
  44. 44. Smart Matches  Once the tree is online on MyHeritage, the their "Smart Matches" system finds potential matches of the user's tree persons with persons in the trees of other MyHeritage users.  These Smart Matches come in the online email at MyHeritage and at the user's home email address. This is truly "finding relatives without searching.”
  45. 45. SuperSearch looks like this:
  46. 46. Advanced SuperSearch looks like this:
  47. 47. “But Wait, There’s More!”  The Name Dictionary is Amazing!  For instance, let’s say you are looking for a person named Alexander who may have lived in any of several countries. Family members called him “Alex.”  Should you search for “Alex” or “Alexander?”
  48. 48. “But Wait, There’s More!”
  49. 49. Different Records Automatically Use Different Search Methods  Newspaper searches are non-structured. That is, all words are searched.  In contrast, census records are always very structured in columns. Only names will be searched when you specify a name. • Photos are searched by metadata
  50. 50. International Search Engine  Can search the world or  Can search by continents or  Can search by country  Or combinations of these areas.
  51. 51. All Records Found may be Saved Directly to Your Family Tree  It will be visible to you and…  (optionally) visible to others  Including complete source citations
  52. 52. Your Data May be Saved…  A member's tree on the MyHeritage website can be downloaded in GEDCOM format to import to a user's desktop software.  A member's tree on the MyHeritage website can be synchronized with the Family Tree Builder Version 4.0 software for Windows  A member's tree on the MyHeritage website can be synchronized with the handheld iPhone/iPad and Android apps.
  53. 53. Collections Include:  One of the largest online collections of newspapers  High School yearbooks  Other members’ family trees  Census records  Military records  Many vital records
  54. 54. “But Wait, There’s More!”  Family Tree Builder  A full-featured genealogy program for Windows • A Macintosh version is under development  Fun to use  Supports SmartMatching Technology  Private family sites
  55. 55. “But Wait, There’s More!”
  56. 56. “But Wait, There’s More!”
  57. 57. For more information: http://MyHeritage.com
  58. 58. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  59. 59. Today’s Slides may be found at: http://eogn.com/handouts/research
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